ST. CRISPIN

Composer: George J. Elvey

George Job Elvey (b. Canterbury, England, 1816; d. Windlesham, Surrey, England, 1893) As a young boy, Elvey was a chorister in Canterbury Cathedral. Living and studying with his brother Stephen, he was educated at Oxford and at the Royal Academy of Music. At age nineteen Elvey became organist and master of the boys' choir at St. George Chapel, Windsor, where he remained until his retirement in 1882. He was frequently called upon to provide music for royal ceremonies such as Princess Louise's wedding in 1871 (after which he was knighted). Elvey also composed hymn tunes, anthems, oratorios, and service music. Bert Polman Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: ST. CRISPIN
Composer: George J. Elvey (1862)
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Incipit: 33351 22355 51766
Key: E♭ Major/E Major
Copyright: Public Domain

Texts

Just as I Am, Without One Plea

Just as I am, without one plea,
but that thy blood was shed for me,
and that thou bidd'st me come to thee,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

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Notes

Composed by George J. Elvey (PHH 48) in 1862 for 'Just as I Am, without One Plea" (263), ST. CRISPIN was first published in the 1863 edition of Edward Thorne's Selection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes. The tune title honors a third-century Roman martyr, Crispin, who, along with Crispinian, preached in Gaul (modern-day France); these two missionaries are the patron saints of shoemakers and leather workers.

ST. CRISPIN has an attractive melodic contour. Its repeated notes are typical of other "generic" British hymn tunes from the later nineteenth century (for example, QUEBEC, 141,307; PENTECOST, 212; MORECAMBE, 419; and MARYTON, 573). Sing it in harmony, perhaps unaccompanied on one of the inner stanzas. The parallel structure of the text also invites singing stanzas in alternation between either men or women or two sides of the congregation.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Arrangements

Organ Solo

  • Hymn Prelude Library Volume Ten Tunes S: Lutheran Service Book
    Composer/Editors Kevin J. Hildebrand; Wayne L. Wold
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2016) pp. 22
  • Easy Hymn Preludes for Organ Volume 10: Musica Sacra
    Composer/Editor Jacob B. Weber
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2015) pp. 46
  • Six Hymn Improvisations Set 9
    Composer/Editor Kevin J. Hildebrand
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2014) pp. 17
  • The Organ Portfolio Volume 77 Number 3 January February 2014: The Service Music Anthology for the Church Organist
    Composer/Editors Douglas E. Wagner; Edward Broughton
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2014) pp. 34
  • The Organist's Library Volume 56
    Composer/Editor Edward Broughton
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2014) pp. 102
  • Come, Thou Fount: Six Hymn Settings for Organ
    Composer/Editor Raymond H. Haan
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (2009) pp. 12
  • Complete Gospel Preludes for Organ
    Composer/Editor William Bolcom
    Published By: Edward B. Marks Music Company (2006) pp. 19
  • The Master Organ Works of Jan Bender Volume 1: Chorale Preludes for Organ or Piano
    Composer/Editors Jan Bender; David Fienen
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2005) pp. 66
  • Organ Miniatures: 200 Short Improvisations on Familiar Hymn Tunes
    Composer/Editor June Nixon
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (1999) pp. 103
  • The Organist Volume 102 Number 6 January 1999: The Service Music Companion for Church Organists
    Composer/Editors Gregg Sewell; Tom Birchwood
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1999) pp. 84
  • 7 Hymn Preludes Set 3
    Composer/Editor Donald Rotermund
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1993) pp. 8
  • The Concordia Hymn Prelude Series Volume 37: General: S - Saint Paul
    Composer/Editors Richard Hillert; Jan Bender
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1986) pp. 22
  • 14 Organ Chorale Preludes
    Composer/Editor Theodore Beck
    Published By: Augsburg Publishing House (1985) pp. 16
  • The Organist's Companion Volume 6 Number 4 June 1984 General, Ascension, Pentecost, Trinity: A Bi-monthly Journal of Quality Organ Music for the Practical Church Musician
    Composer/Editors Wayne Leupold; Ronald Besemer
    Published By: McAfee Music Corporation (1984) pp. 3
  • The Welcome Voice of Jesus: Organ Arrangements for Repentance, Renewal and Decision - Pipe and Hammond Organ Registration
    Composer/Editor Sandra W. Jarrell
    Published By: Broadman Press (1981) pp. 22
  • Five Choral Jubilations for Organ
    Composer/Editor Ronald McMahon
    Published By: Schmitt Publications (1976) pp. 16
  • He's Everything to Me
    Composer/Editors William B. Bradbury; Fred Bock
    Published By: Fred Bock Music Company (1973) pp. 28
  • Preludes for Fifty-five Well-known Hymn Tunes: Modeled after the Free Organ Accompaniments of T. Tertius Noble
    Composer/Editor Howard D. McKinney
    Published By: J. Fischer & Brothers (1967) pp. 22
  • The Organist Volume 69 Number 6 January 1966: A Bi-monthly Magazine for Church Organists
    Composer/Editors Rob Roy Peery; John M. Rasley
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1966) pp. 59
  • Preludes on Hymn Tunes
    Composer/Editor Jack C. Goode
    Published By: Hope Publishing Company (1965) pp. 12
  • The Organ Portfolio Volume 28 Number 3 February 1965: A Bi-Monthly Anthology for Church Organists
    Composer/Editors L. N. Porter; Van Denman Thompson
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1965) pp. 84
  • The Sunday Morning Organist Volume Three
    Composer/Editor Harold H. DeCou
    Published By: Singspiration Music, Inc. (1965) pp. 24
  • The Organ Portfolio Volume 27 Number 3 February 1964: A Bi-Monthly Magazine for Church Organists
    Composer/Editors Ellen Jane Lorenz; George Blake
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1964) pp. 80
  • The Parish Organist Part Three: One Hundred Twenty Chorale Preludes, Voluntaries, and Postludes by Older Masters and Contemporary Composers
    Composer/Editors Heinrich Fleischer; Paul Bouman
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1953) pp. 42
  • The Parish Organist Parts I to IV: One Hundred Twenty Chorale Preludes, Voluntaries, and Postludes by Older Masters and Contemporary Composers
    Composer/Editors Heinrich Fleischer; Paul Bouman
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1953) pp. 152
  • 76 Offertories on Hymns & Chorales
    Composer/Editor Albert Beck
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1945) pp. 66

Piano Solo

  • The Church Pianist Volume 32 Number 3 January February 2016: The Pianist's Companion for the Church Year
    Composer/Editors Larry Shackley; Dan Forrest Jr.
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2016) pp. 30
  • The Essential Collection for the Church Pianist II: 55 Timeless Classics
    Composer/Editors Jane Holstein; Faye Lopez
    Published By: Hope Publishing Company (2016) pp. 70
  • Play Hymns Book 4 Intermediate: 11 Piano Arrangements of Traditional Hymns
    Composer/Editors Melody Bober; Robert D. Vandall
    Published By: Alfred Music Publishing Company, Inc. (2011) pp. 18
  • Prayludes for Spring: Flexible Piano Medleys for Lent, Easter and Pentecost
    Composer/Editor Ruth Elaine Schram
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2008) pp. 3
  • The Church Pianist's Library Volume 3
    Composer/Editor Scott D. Oyer
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2008) pp. 72
  • Lord, Speak to Me: Late Intermediate Piano Solos
    Composer/Editor Rebecca Bonham
    Published By: SoundForth (2006) pp. 12
  • Piano Prayer and Praises: Ten Exquisite Hymn Settings
    Composer/Editor Johnie Dean
    Published By: The FJH Music Company, Inc. (2004) pp. 18
  • Big Bronze Book of Hymns for Solo Piano
    Composer/Editors Ken Barker; Carol McMillen Tornquist; Richard Huggins
    Published By: Word Music Group, LLC (2003) pp. 73
  • The Essential Collection for the Church Pianist: 55 Timeless Favorites & Contemporary Classics
    Composer/Editors Jane Holstein; Joel Raney
    Published By: Hope Publishing Company (2002) pp. 146
  • Quiet Reflections Volume One: Hymns and Spiritual Songs for Holy Communion, Service of Worship and Personal Devotion
    Composer/Editor Mark Looney
    Published By: John Rich Music Press (2000) pp. 23
  • The Anthony Burger Collection: Arrangements for Solo Piano
    Composer/Editor Anthony Burger
    Published By: Gaither Music Company (1997) pp. 84
  • Sacred Hymn Solos for Piano
    Composer/Editor Chester Nordman
    Published By: Shattinger Publications, Inc. (1961) pp. 42
  • Hymn Tune Fantasy No. 2
    Composer/Editor George S. Schuler
    Published By: Gospel Music (1943) pp. 4

Piano and Organ Duet

  • The Organ-Piano Hymnal
    Composer/Editor Ellen Jane Lorenz
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1961) pp. 37

Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations

  • Off the Page, Too: More Techniques for Creating Hymn-Based Organ Settings
    Composer/Editor Donald Rotermund
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (2011) pp. #3-7A, #4-5B
  • Sonus Novus Volume 3: Hymn Intonations and Harmonizations
    Composer/Editor Christopher A. Loemker
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2003) pp. 30
  • Easy Hymn Accompaniments for Organ or Piano: Set I
    Composer/Editor Edward H. Myer
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1992) pp. 39
  • Twenty-Four Hymn Introductions Volume II: Opus 56
    Composer/Editor Jan Bender
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1974) pp. 4
  • Free Organ Accompaniments to One Hundred Well-known Hymn Tunes
    Composer/Editor T. Tertius Noble
    Published By: J. Fischer & Brothers (1946) pp. 67

Voices: Vocal Solo

  • Songs that Changed the Church: Hymns: Piano Vocal Guitar
    Composer/Editor Nichole Nordeman
    Published By: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation (2009) pp. 72

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